Thursday, July 19, 2012

I-Spy Kids Workshop (and other August events)

As I'm going to be away from my computer for a couple of weeks for a vacation visiting family, I wanted to make a quick note about three half-day children's classes I'll be teaching in Portland when I get back! I'm sure it will be wonderful to get back into the swing of things after a relaxing break.

All are at the 100th Monkey Studio located at SE 16th and Ankeny.

I Spy Workshop 
August 13th from 8:30am – Noon 
Ages 6-10 years 
COST: $40.00 
We'll think about composition, theme, rhyme, and rhythm as we create our own I-Spy pages and poems to go with them. Each camper will make a 2-D collage chock-full of things to look at while composing a rhyming riddle to go with the image ("I Spy a....") 

These collages will be photographed for a group I-Spy book before each artist takes home his or her page. As a group, we will create more scenes with three dimensional objects that play with light, shadow, and movement as we photograph and write a few extra pages. Come back in two days to pick up a bound, printed copy of your I-Spy book, containing the entire class' picture riddles! 

American Explorer Journals
August 13th from 12:30 – 4pm 
Ages 8-12 years 
COST: $40
At least one item has always accompanied the expeditions of American explorers, from Lewis and Clark's journey in the American West to John Glenn's space orbit of the Earth. The item? A small journal. Paper journals for words and images have played a vital roll throughout history in collecting information about new spaces and experiences. Today we'll look at images of Lewis and Clark's famous elk-skin bound journal before using old fashioned bookbinding tools to hand-bind our own faux-leather versions. We'll also make small cloth-bound books that can be worn around the wrist like astronauts have since the time of John Glenn. What will we go out and explore? 

Homemade Board Games 
August 28th 8:30am - Noon 
Ages 6-12 
COST: $40.00 
Today we'll use wood, book board, and printmaking techniques to make portable versions of two famous games: Tic-Tac-Toe and Memory. Did you know tic-tac-toe was played in Ancient Rome? We'll talk about the history and cultural influences in these timeless games as we craft sets of our own that will be both decorative and playable. 

***Sign up via the youth programming page on The 100th Monkey Studio's website.


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